Levi Watkins, M.D. '66

Levi Watkins, M.D. '66

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Noted Heart Surgeon, Civil Rights Activist, Educator
B.S., Biology

  • Along with Vivien Thomas, he was the first to successfully implant an automatic defibrillator in a human patient
  • First African American to obtain a medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Mu, and Beta Kappa Chi
  • Researched the use of angiotensin blockers in cases of congestive heart failure. Professor of cardiac surgery and associate dean of the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University

 

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